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El Vez
El Vez

El Vez Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elvezrestaurant.com
  • Email: elvez.restaurant@starr-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 928-9800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: David LaForce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansom
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets. No Valet is available.
A word from El Vez
A contemporary Mexican restaurant, El Vez offers many unique items such as mahi mahi tacos, ahi tuna tostadas, carne asada and pasilla braised pork pozole. Enjoy their made-to-order guacamole & margaritas with fresh-squeezed juices. Top off your meal with "The El Vez," a flourless chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse and carmelized bananas.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "El Vez is always great - atmosphere & food were great helped by healthy margaritas! Food almost came too quickly but we still ended up staying for a couple of hours savouring the atmosphere & the tequila!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We ordered the tacos for two and couldn't finish them. Our hotel didn't have a fridge in it, so we packed up our leftovers for a homeless man. Definitely worth the money and the long waits!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Normally El Vez is a favorite of ours but Saturday night we were disappointed. The waiter rushed up through our meal and we felt like we didn't have a relaxing dinner although our reservation was at 9PM. We were also seated on a small table near the bar and a lot of people walking by kept bumping into our chairs. Overall the food was good but again the service was sub-par. Unfortunately we probably won't be back for a while."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were lucky enough to get a table for 2 outside on a beautiful day. The guacamole and margaritas were delicious. The bathrooms in the basement had a creepy, Shining-esqe thing going on!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "El Vez never disappoints. Always great food and strong drinks with an up-beat atmosphere. Staff is always extremely courteous and super helpful!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Flew in from Memphis and went to el vez. Amazingly good food and staff was great."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was amazing, service was excellent!! 2nd time there, the 3rd can't come soon enough. Waitress was extremely knowledgable and helpful. Everyone on staff was super nice and went above and beyond to make our experience outstanding!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We didn't know anything about this restaurant, but I think we were the only folks in the city who didn't! It was packed. We had tremendous service, and the lady was waiting on tons of tables. The food was delicious and a little different than the average Mexican fare. The guacamole was outstanding but pricey"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It was my first time dining at El Vez and it was fantastic. We were seated as soon as we walked in and greeted by our server within minutes. The food was modern mexican and delicious! The ambiance was vibrant and fun. I would definitely recommend this place and will be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "After a few attempts to get a reservation on a weekend night we went on Sunday. Our table was ready and the service was very quick and pleasant. The guacamole and salsa were very good and arrived quickly with our drinks. The food arrived and I realize that this is a foodie restaurant but do we really need to order rice or refried beans separately? The food was good but not great. Small portions and a little heavy on the sauces. Overall we enjoyed the experience but I was expecting to be more impressed with the food and we were not. Nice time, nice location. The staff were very pleasant and helpful."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "From the spicy guac through all our entrees (carne asada, shrimp enchilada, braised pork) flavors were intense and satisfying. Bold flavors abound. But since I'm an old f-rt, much too noisy for me. We'll go for lunch next time when, presumably, it will be a tad quieter, or sit outside, where the traffic noise would be preferable."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "For our first time at El Vez, I thought the food was great. Not a huge Tequila fan so the margaritas were ok. Better for a group rather than a small intimate group trying to have a conversation."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Been here several times. Always good guacamole and soft tacos. Love the pulled pork and mahi mahi. This place will not disappoint."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Highly recommended. Excellent Mexican food and ambience."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "this is my 4th time here, and i have yet to be disappointed. the maui maui tacos are the best in the tri state area."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Best margaritas and guacamole in town! Food was fresh and the service was very friendly. . .I love coming here!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "If you're looking for an energetic fun place to get some upscale Mexican food and Great margaritas try this centrally located restaurant. Don't go looking to have an Intimate conversation or a heart to heart with old friends- way to loud! Very fun Place however, with muy buena food!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Good place to meet a friend for a drink or for dinner. Highly recommend the guacamole."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "El Vez turned out to be just as much fun as the pictures and reviews promised. A fun night, but somewhat expensive given the amount of food we actually got. Great food, but the portions could have been a bit bigger."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I've been a fan of this place for several years but as a new parent only recently took my two-year-old there for lunch. We both had a blast, the staff were super-friendly and accommodating, even when he broke a dish. Coulda been a scene but they were absolutely fabulous which led to our continued good time and the stellar waitress's 25% tip. Attention parents: Please tip your staff generously, I always do as a rule but this time was especially important and they were terrific about it."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We loved our experience at el vez!! the guacamole was incredible and the tacos for two is so much food we took enough home for a great lunch the next day!! Excellent dinner!!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "El Vez is a great place to hang out with friends and the food is amazing!! Highly recommend El Vez"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Excellent selection of Mexican brunch and lunch items. I had huevos rancheros and my friend had a vegetarian enchilada. Food was prepared perfectly. Friendly service. Excellent tequila bloody marys. Reasonable prices."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Good food but very spicy... Chips and salsa are not complimentary."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Their guacamole and margaritas were fantastic. Very vibrate bar scene. It took us 40 mins just to find a space at the bar. We eventually went to our table (we had a late reservation). We ordered a few appetizers, tacos, and enchiladas. They were all pretty tasty. We will go back soon."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Never expected restaurant to be that loud, but the food made up for it. Food was delicious! Best guacamole we have ever had!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our group of 4 had lunch here and we were very happy with the experience. We arrived 30 minutes early and were seated within 15 minutes of arriving. Please note that a reservation is advised as this is a popular spot. The guacamole is a must try with the in house made chips. The margaritas are generous in volume and options for tequila plenty. Beer selection is good. Food arrives promptly and the wait staff is very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've searched high and low across Philly in search of finding a hip Mexican restaurant with a great atmosphere, stellar service, and most importantly, amazing food. Of course, El Vez hit the ball out of the park! Not only is the vibe super fun and inviting, it's perfect for a night out with friends, especially for margarita fans! The blood orange margarita is definitely a winner and I would pay double the price for the guacamole because it's just that good!!! (I love that it's affordable of course, which keeps me coming back time and time again! Please don't change that lol). I love this restaurant for gladly accommodating a semi-large birthday party in a fancy booth and everyone got what they wanted swiftly! The food was fresh and amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was ok. Claimed their guacamole was the best, but it was only average. So loud (not energetic, LOUD) and the bar crowd kept burning into our table. Won't go back, except maybe to the bar"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Waiter, service and food were excellent. We were celebrating our son's 25th birthday. The food was gourmet in taste and presentation. Enjoyed by all. Waiter surprised us with a free birthday dessert for our son. Highly recommend. A young crowd but a few older groups dining, which was a plus."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Creative cooking. Nice spin on all choices. Loud. Vibrant. Pretty decor and equally pretty people. Hot spot for dining. Fare prices. Really good food"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I love El Vez, but you have to make a reservation early or you'll be stuck with a 10PM dinner like we were. Super friendly service, awesome food and drinks. LOVED the Zapata cocktail, and I don't know how they make guacamole so much better than anyone else, ever. 3 of us each got different tacos...pork and veggie got thumbs up, hubby was kind of indifferent about his fish. Sweet plantains were awesome. I'll come back here any chance I get :)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "El Vez is a great place! It great for anything from brunch, a first date, a birthday celebrate, or just a nice dinner! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The chips and guac are to die for! Definitely the best tortilla chips I've ever had. We all enjoyed our meals. I had the sea bass tacos which were so delicious! We are already planning what to get next time we go!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We keep coming back to El Vez, it's our 10 year old's favorite place. Keep up the great work. Service is friendly & fast & the food is yummy."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Dinner was great as usual. Are server was not the best at responding fast with either chips or other requests. We did feel pressure to her pushing menu items at us we were not interested in."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everything about the dining experience at El Vez was wonderful except the noise level. Wow it's loud in there. It was very difficult to hear the couple my husband and I were meeting there for dinner. That being said, the waiter could not have sweeter and worked to accommodate us. The food was ridiculously awesome, especially the guacamole. Best we have ever had. Now let's talk about the margarita's. I can't remember how many pitchers we ordered because they disappeared quickly. So fun and yet oh so dangerous. Thanks for a great night El Vez."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great place to eat Mexican food in the city. I like the ambience and service."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "El Vez has "it". It has charm, great ambiance, a friendly staff, and outstanding guacamole."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was awesome. It was a little noisy in the restaurant, but an overall great experience."
    Dined on 3/10/2014